Detention Doctor At International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Requisition ID: 20678

Region: Global Deployment Option

Contract type: Open-ended contract

What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide protection and humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Our ‘healthcare in detention’ programme aims at ensuring that all people deprived of their liberty have decent conditions allowing them to regain their health and remain healthy throughout their detention.

We focus on four main areas: monitoring and improving access to health care services, strengthening penitentiary health-care systems, capacity-building and advocacy, and managing outbreaks. We also foster collaboration among people and ministries who are in a position to make a difference.

You are part of a multidisciplinary team that has a coordinated approach in order to address the range of detainees’ needs and provide a continuum of care. Internally, you interact within the Protection and Health departments at the delegation and consult relevant specialists at headquarters on technical issues. Externally, you interact with penitentiary staff and authorities and on a broader level with local and national health authorities.

Your role

Within a detention team, your role as a Detention Doctor is to improve detainees’ access to proper and ethical health care. You assess the needs, and plan, implement, monitor and evaluate related projects and activities. You contribute to restoring, improving or maintaining detainees’ dignity, health and nutritional status.

  • Assess the needs, and plan and implement projects and activities aimed at improving detainees’ access to effective health care, their health and nutritional status, and the health system
  • Monitor and evaluate these projects and activities. Collect and analyse relevant data to this end
  • Share the findings and results with other members of the Detention team (from the Protection, Water and Habitat and Economic Security departments) and the Health team, and writes relevant reports
  • Establish and maintain contacts/partnerships with external players involved in health care in detention and outside
  • Ensure respect for medical ethics by all staff
  • Document cases of ill-treatment when needed
  • Follow up sick and wounded detainees in line with internal agreements
  • Advise and follow up hunger strikers and the medical staff in charge of them
  • Train medical staff
  • Draw up the annual institutional budget and planning document (Planning for Results)

Your profile – Education and experience required

  • Strong motivation by humanitarian work
  • University degree in medicine (medical doctor)
  • Valid license to practice in your country of residence
  • Between 3-5 years of professional clinical experience with minimum 2 years of international humanitarian experience
  • Experience in project management and public health
  • Experience in healthcare in detention a strong asset
  • Previous exposure to international human rights issues an asset
  • Proficient command of English (min B2 level, written and spoken)
  • Good command (Minimum B2 level, written and spoken) of Arabic, Russian, French, Spanish or Portuguese
  • Digital literacy
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment

Our operational context

  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
  • Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
  • Candidates must possess a driving license (for manual transmission vehicles)
  • Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 24 months

Our offer

  • A competitive employment package with attractive social benefits: a salary paid on thirteen months, a competitive pension plan; medical and accident cover, etc.
  • An open-ended contract with a minimum assignment of 12 months.
  • Annual paid leave: 20–27.5 days.
  • Accommodation provided and paid by ICRC.
  • One paid return ticket home every year.
  • ICRC staff integration course and opportunities for further in-house training and career opportunities with ICRC.
  • All assignments are categorized into four levels of hardship, some of which are compensated with financial incentives and extra leave.
  • The opportunity to join our talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere
  • Depending on the context, possibility to bring partner and/or children on assignment after 24 months of employment
  • Maternity and adoption leave of four months and paternity leave of ten days


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